There are ways to do nothing that can produce more than rest. We all have our own techniques but the ones I've found to be successful are:
- Sitting alone at an outdoor cafe or coffee shop with a legal pad and a cup of coffee.
- Listening to Handel or Bach.
- Taking a drive.
- Working a jigsaw puzzle.
- Drawing an idea and then seeing how many others could connect to the first.
- Absolute silence.
- Slowly performing a simple task such as dish-washing or gardening.